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Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

The Government is making it easier for employees to claim SSP by making it applicable from the first day of absence due to Covid-19 infection or self-isolation related to the virus.

Employers with fewer than 250 employees will also be able to claim back the first two weeks’ worth of SSP, per employee. These measures will remain in place until 13 November 2020.

The Government has provided further advice to employers, which can be found by clicking here. 


Those not eligible for SSP, such as the self-employed, will have to seek financial support through the benefits system.

The Government has confirmed that self-employed individuals can claim from the first day of illness or self-isolation instead of waiting for seven days, but it may take several weeks for a claim to be processed under Universal Credit.

Those who are self-isolating will not be required to go to a jobcentre to begin this process.

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